News and Information
January 06, 2014

Virginia State Bar E-News, January 2014

The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved the amended Rule of Professional Conduct  5.5: Unauthorized Practice Of Law; Multijurisdictional Practice of Law.

The Standing Committee on Ethics is seeking public comment to a proposed Rule 5.8: Procedures for lawyers leaving law firms and dissolution of law firms.

The VSB is seeking public comment to a proposed amendment to the Bylaws of the Virginia State Bar and Council.

The MCLE board is soliciting comments regarding proposed MCLE Opinion 20: Interpretive Guidance for Courses Approved under Supreme Court of Virginia Rule 1A:1(b)(3).

The Standing Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law is seeking comments on a proposal concerning representation before general district courts.

On December 10, 2013, the Standing Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law issued UPL Opinion 217 as a draft opinion: Non-Lawyer Acting As Prosecutor In Criminal Contempt Proceeding.

Virginia State Bar President-elect Kevin E. Martingayle is requesting nominations for VSB committees. The application deadline is February 28, and terms start July 1.

Volunteers are needed to fill vacancies on the VSB’s boards and committees. Please submit nominations, along with a brief resume, by March 28 to

The Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline calls for nominations for district committee vacancies to be filled by Council in June. 

The 44th Annual Criminal Law Seminar, sponsored by the VSB Criminal Law Section and Virginia CLE, is scheduled for February 7, 2014, in Charlottesville and February 14, 2014, in Williamsburg. Early registration deadline is January 24.

Tickets are available for the February 10, 2014, Young Lawyers Conference annual Bench-Bar Dinner honoring women and minorities in the legal profession. Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan will be the keynote speaker.

Save the date. The Virginia State Bar is sponsoring a VSB TECHSHOW at the Richmond Convention Center on May 19. 

Updated: Jan 06, 2014